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Over-the-Rhine & Cincinnati

We urge all interested students to visit the Art Academy and see our campus and its environs in person. Here’s what you can expect to find when you come:

In 2005 the Art Academy moved to Over-the-Rhine, an historic Cincinnati district that’s full of great architecture and great art. The neighborhood harbors a vibrant creative community of galleries, architects, design firms, and performing-arts organizations. The Pendleton Art Center houses the world’s largest concentration of artist studios.

All of this makes Over-the-Rhine a great resource for AAC students. Creative professionals come into our classrooms, attend our gallery shows, and get to know our students and faculty. Many AAC students complete an internship right here in Over-the-Rhine, and often find part-time work here during school—or full-time jobs after graduation.

The arts community has contributed to Over-the-Rhine’s recent renaissance. Ten years ago it was considered a less-than-desirable area, but today it’s exactly where we want to be—and where we think AAC students can thrive. Neighborhood resources include:


The Art Academy maintains a strong relationship with the Cincinnati Art Museum, AAC’s parent organization from 1884 to 1998. One of the fifteen largest art museums in the country, this institution is one of the anchors of Cincinnati’s passionate arts community, which also includes such organizations as the cutting-edge Contemporary Arts Center, the world-class Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, two Omnimax Theaters, Contemporary Dance Theater, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

For more information about Cincinnati’s arts community and history, see: